52 people, including 6 rescuers, became victims of the accident at the Listvyazhnaya mine in Kuzbass, about this informs RIA Novosti with reference to a representative of emergency services.
The reason for the emergency, according to Deputy Prosecutor General Dmitry Demeshin, was a methane explosion caused by a spark and the subsequent dynamic blow.
As part of the investigation, the 47-year-old director of the mine, his 59-year-old first deputy and 36-year-old site manager were detained, according to the UK website.
“It has been established that the detainees violated the industrial safety requirements of hazardous production facilities. As a result, a gas-dynamic phenomenon occurred. Smoke began to fill the ventilation drift of section No. 4, as a result of which the workers in the mine suffocated, ”the message says.
A criminal case was opened under the article “Violation of industrial safety requirements for hazardous production facilities, resulting in the death of two or more persons by negligence.” It can face up to seven years in prison.
On the morning of November 25, smoke began to form at the Listvyazhnaya mine in the Kemerovo Region. The first reports of smoke at a depth of 250 m began to arrive in emergency services at about 9 am local time (5:00 Moscow time), at the same time the evacuation of mine workers began, RBC reports.
According to the regional government, at the time of the smoke, there were 285 people in the mine, 239 of them were brought to the surface. Also killed were six mine rescuers who went in search of the mine.
The governor of the Kemerovo region, Sergei Tsivilev, announced a three-day mourning for the victims in the region.